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Ann Elizabeth McGowan

May 9, 1931 ~ January 3, 2021 (age 89)


Ann Elizabeth (Davies) McGowan

May 9, 1931 – January 3, 2021

Ann Elizabeth Davies McGowan of Cumming, Georgia, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. She was 89.

Ann was born in Mayfield, PA, to her parents Mary Clara Greene (d: 1960) and Alonzo David Davies (d: 1957). She was the youngest of five with four older brothers Charles (d: 1974), Harry (d: 1996), Joe (d: 1996), and Alex Davies (d: 2009).

Ann met her husband Robert “Bob” L. McGowan, Sr. (d: 2008) in Honesdale, PA, where they married.  Soon after, they moved to Jackson Heights, NY, where they started their family with two daughters Deborah and Mary, and later moved to Atlanta, where a son Robert and daughter Perian were born.  Ultimately the couple settled in Cumming, GA.  They were happily married for 56 years before his passing.

Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends; she had a remarkable professional career, volunteered, and loved to travel. 

While her family was young, she became an active member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and community, where she raised her family and built life-long friendships. Those close to Ann and Bob knew them as a fun, loving, caring couple who lived their lives and raised their family with kindness and compassion. The McGowan home was often the place where friends and family gathered and socialized. 

Ann work at Marist School (1970 to 1988) as the Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director.  She enjoyed sports and loved supporting and cheering for Marist. She never stopped following Marist and was thrilled to hear they won another football title recently.  

Following her retirement from Marist, Ann continued to be an active member of the community as a Volunteer Auxiliary member at Baptist Medical Center, which later became Northside Hospital Forsyth.  During her time, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year and served as the Volunteer Auxiliary President.

Ann was adventurous and loved to travel, visiting friends and family in the US and exploring much of Europe. Ann and Bob enjoyed experiencing the European culture, which included touring cathedrals and museums and spending time at sidewalk cafés tasting the local wine.  Her trips with her husband, Bob, and family to Paris created many beautiful memories. From snow skiing to beach trips with her grandchildren, she was always looking forward to her next adventure.

Ann is survived by her children, Debi (Bill) Slaughter, Mary McGowan, Bob (Kim) McGowan, Perian (Mickey) Rogers; and grandchildren Becca (Peter) Kedenburg, Andrew Penney, Annabelle, and Michael Rogers, and great-grandson Liam Kedenburg.  As well, she leaves behind many nieces and nephews and her steadfast companion, Holly.

Due to Covid-19, the family will hold a private service on January 14, 2021.  A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ann’s honor to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

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